Art Conference Recap, Part 1
The CAEA Fall ART Conference, October 8-10, 2009
*painting with dirt and water. Mud is so simple and so gratifying as paint!
*Filipino Parols are awesome cultural Christmas traditions. Simple basketry reeds plus rice-like paper and watercolor plus pizazz!
*Alexander Calder inspired mobile faces. These were challenging but gratifying. Tambrie’s is on the left and mine’s on the right.
I’m back and back in the swing of things. The conference was fantastic – I just loved being around like-minded folks. My friend Tambrie and I talked each other’s ears off about the ins and outs of our classrooms, ideas for projects, likes and dislikes of our daily grind, dreams, supplies…you name it – we covered it and then we talked about it again! It was great. Plus, we even got to go shopping! What a dream.
I learned a lot and got so many new ideas my brain is going to need this whole week to process them. The above images a just little snipits of a few workshops from Thurs. and Fri. I’ll share the Sat. images for tomorrow.
I saw great products and I saw simple ideas that I can put into practice right away. I also learned and rethought a lot about how I approach my teaching style. Art is meant to be about self-discovery and I think PLAY can have a lot to do with pushing kids to solve their own problems. I think the biggest thing I took away from this conference was a renewed sense of myself. I got to be a student and learn new concepts. I got to learn how to felt, make a mobile, sit and draw outside, collage, and get my hands busy painting, stapling, bending, pulling, smoothing out clay. I got to create and regardless of whether or not I ever teach any of those lesson (and I definitely will!) I got to get my hands messy and my brain moving while creating my own art. AND IT MADE MY HEART SO HAPPY! So, at school tomorrow will be filled with a little guided instruction and ALOT of letting kids get their hands moving making art while encouraging self-discovery and problem solving.
I can’t believe how great I’m feeling after spending half of my Sunday preparing 600 student grades. Must be my full art-love tank!